PURE Energy: Getting to know Addison, Texas

addison-2 If you’ve never visited Addison, Texas, you’re in for a real treat when you come in March for Genesis PURE’s PURE Energy event. Addison is located a few miles north of downtown Dallas and is known for having the nation’s longest strip of restaurants. In fact, Addison, TX has more restaurants per capita than any city in the U.S.

Addison boasts 170+ restaurants, 22 hotels, tons of attractions, limitless events and activities and countless unique retail shops. There’s plenty of family fun to be had with its parks, fountains and yes, shall I say again, restaurants.

For some really good tex-mex food, be sure to visit Chuy’s Mexican Restaurant. For the ultimate steak experience, visit Saltgrass Steakhouse. And a great Asian option in Addison is Thai Star. You’re destined to find a menu to please your palate.

Other things to do during your visit.

Addison Circle Park: Just minutes from the Hotel Intercontinental, this charming park has everything you need for a fun afternoon. Bring a Frisbee. Let the kids run through the fountains. Walk around the charming shops, or maybe check out one of the surrounding restaurants. Maybe you enjoy running or walking … this would definitely be the place. Make sure you check out what is coming out of the ground in this new urban hub. Located at 4950 Addison Circle Dr.

Village on the Parkway: Located in North Dallas’ epicenter along Belt Line Road and the Dallas North Tollway, Village on the Parkway [VOP] is a first-class retail, entertainment and dining district, heralding Whole Foods and AMC Theaters as its anchors along with numerous other retailers.

Cavanaugh Flight Museum: A non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization devoted to promoting aviation studies and to perpetuating America’s aviation heritage; the museum fulfills its mission by restoring, operating, maintaining and displaying historically-significant, vintage aircraft, and by collecting materials related to the history of aviation. Located at 4572 Claire Chennault, Addison, TX, 75001.

WaterTower Theatre: A community, not-for-profit playhouse that does high-class musicals, plays, and even brings in big-name Broadway stars for private concerts. It averages about five shows a year in the Addison Theatre Centre, located right by the Addison water tower. Located at 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas 75001.

The Galleria Mall: This is a huge shopping center full of some very nice stores – all the big names are here. There is an ice rink on the lower ground floor and a five screen Cinema as well. This mall is located at LBJ at Dallas Parkway North, Addison.

Nightlife: Sherlock’s Baker St. Pub is a great place to go for a good night out. During the weekend there is a live band on normally and the band play a variety of different music which is always good. Located at 5100 Belt Line Rd, Addison, TX 75254. For a piano bar that rocks, visit Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar located at 4980 Beltline Road, Dallas

We hope this gives you a quick glimpse at the excitement there is to be had in Addison, Texas. It’s the perfect place to connect and build lasting relationships. Add all of this to the activity and motivation you’ll get from PURE Energy, and you’re in for a great weekend.

We can’t wait to see you on the weekend of March 18-19!

You asked, we answered

ATEoftheWeek_0216 Q: I need more salt intake to help me retain liquids. Should I use Hydration with Energy, or use Hydration by itself?

A: Our Hydration can certainly help you get more fluids into your body.  Please note our Energy products contain caffeine which is a natural diuretic, a substance that promotes the production of urine.  Products that increase urination are normally avoided by most people when they are struggling to retain liquids.  You should check with your doctor to determine if our Energy is right for you and how you should increase your salt intake.

Q: Is it OK to blend and take together the Liquid Cleanse and Organic Sulfur?

A: Yes, it is OK to blend Liquid Cleanse with Organic Sulfur.  Several of our IBOs blend a variety of Genesis PURE products, especially the superfruits. Experiment by mixing other Genesis PURE Products together to discover new and interesting flavor profiles.

Q: How far in advance may I mix Mila/Greens/Fruit & Fiber with OJ; Energy with water; Complete Shake with coconut milk?

A: Our Mila has a wide range of sensory attributes depending on the amount of time and the volume of liquid it is used with. Mila becomes gelatinous the longer it sits in a liquid, making the liquid thicker. For thin liquids like orange juice, drink immediately after adding Mila, Greens and Fruit & Fiber. Once you add ENERGY to water, it does not need to be consumed immediately. The powder will dissolve and you may enjoy your drink throughout the day. As for our Complete Shake, we recommend drinking it within at least 10 minutes of mixing it with coconut milk, for optimal taste. Play around with the amount of time the products rest before consuming them to see what consistency works best for you.

Quench Your Thirst

We’ve heard it again and again; water is necessary for our bodies. It is the main component of cells, tissues, and organs, comprising about 60% of our body, based on body composition. Water regulates body temperature, removes toxins, controls heart rate, protects organs and tissues, and transports nutrients and oxygen throughout the body.1 The truth is, we would die in a few days without it. Yet, so many of us neglect to consume enough water throughout the day, and over time, this can lead to chronic dehydration, fatigue, constipation, fluctuations in blood pressure, and other health concerns.

It is estimated that 75% of Americans have mild, chronic dehydration; a pretty scary statistic for a nation that has regular access to tap and bottled water! Just as a car cannot run without gas, the body cannot survive without water. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 43% of adults drink less than four cups of water per day. That includes 36% who drink one to three cups and 7% who drink none. Yes, water needs vary from person to person, but we are certainly falling short of the recommendation. The Mayo Clinic and Institute of Medicine recommends we drink about 1.9 liters per day, which equates to about eight 8-ounce glasses of water. While there’s no hard evidence supporting the 8 by 8 rule, it’s easy to remember.

Functions of water in the body

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Hydration and Exercise

Thirst may be a reliable indicator that you need to drink more water, but the more active you are, the less reliable that indicator becomes. Studies have shown that by the time you feel thirsty, you may already be dehydrated; plus, a mere 2% drop in hydration may lead to an 8-10% decrease in performance. The amount of water needed will vary and depends on age, sex, body type, health level and activity. A good rule of thumb: the color of your urine should be light yellow to clear; however, if you supplement with B-vitamins, this tip will not apply. Other signs of dehydration are cramps, dizziness, fatigue, and lightheadedness.

Tips for Staying Hydrated

One of the easiest ways to stay hydrated is to carry a bottle of water at all times, but we can obtain our servings in a multitude of ways. Water can come from fruits, vegetables, and low sodium broth-based soups. Make it a habit to drink water as soon as you wake up and before every meal and snack. Also try calorie-free fruit-flavored water or create your own beverage by adding sliced cucumber, orange, or berries. Track your water intake using your phone or Excel spreadsheet and set reminders throughout the day to drink more.

Be aware of your environment. The drier the climate, the more water your body will lose. Also, stay well hydrated before engaging in activities such as running, walking, cycling, or lifting weights. Be mindful of how your body functions. If you notice signs of dehydration, including headaches, decreased urine output, or extreme thirst, make sure to speak with your doctor.

So, three cheers to delicious, refreshing water. Ditch the morning coffee, the afternoon soda and the evening wine and switch to what your body really loves and needs … water.


  1. Jéquier, E. & Constant, F. Water as an essential nutrient: the physiological basis of hydration. Eur J Clin Nutr 64, 115–123 (2010).

Take HIIT to Heart

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a popular exercise strategy among athletes, used to build cardiovascular levels. This form of exercise is not for the faint of heart, as it involves short, intense workouts that require a lot of motivation.

A major benefit of HIIT training? Serious fat burn.2

Athletes and non-athletes use HIIT as a structured way to build up speed and endurance. Interval training works the body’s aerobic (literally meaning “with oxygen”) and anaerobic (“without oxygen”) systems. During the high-intensity bursts, your anaerobic system (such as your metabolism) uses glycogen, or energy, stored in your muscles, for short bursts of activity. The by-product of this is lactic acid, and as the lactic acid builds, your body enters oxygen debt. During the recovery phase, the heart and lungs work together to repay this debt and break down lactic acid. It is also in this phase that the aerobic system is using oxygen to convert stored carbohydrates into usable energy.

The belief is that by performing HIIT activities, the body adapts and burns the lactic acid more efficiently during exercise, meaning that eventually, you can exercise at a higher intensity for longer periods of time before fatigue slows you down. Interval training leads to an increase in cardiovascular efficiency, which means a better ability to deliver oxygen to working muscles. This results in improved performance, faster speeds and more endurance.1

When developing a HIIT program, there are a few things to remember.

  • Your intensity should be 80% or greater than your estimated maximum heart rate.
  • While you are working, it should be challenging to carry on a conversation.
  • Your recovery phase should be between 40% and 50% of your estimated maximum heart rate.
  • HIIT training can also be very taxing on the body, so try to incorporate it only a few times a week, unless you’re extremely fit.
  • Genesis PURE Pro-Arginine or Moomiyo Edge taken beforehand can help you go faster longer.
  • Genesis PURE Recovery and Hydration taken afterward can speed up the recovery process.

Sample HIIT Protocols:

There are several different training protocols, which differ in terms of length and ratio for high- and low-intensity intervals and level of intensity during the workout.

  1. The Tabata Method involves high-intensity intervals. The workout is only four minutes, but involves 20 seconds of high-intensity exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest for eight cycles. A tabata is recommended for an individual already fit and short on time. To practice the Tabata method, warm up for three minutes, sprint for 20 seconds and walk for 10 seconds. Repeat the cycle eight times.4
  2. The Little Method: The Little method (also sometimes known as the Gibala method) involves a full minute of high intensity followed by 75 seconds of low intensity and is repeated for 12 cycles, or 27 minutes. Again, start with a three-minute warm-up and cycle for 60 seconds quickly, with maximum resistance, and repeat for two minutes. The Little Method is best for those at an intermediate fitness level and with about 30 minutes to devote to their training.5
  3. Finally, you can alternate high-weight/low-repetitions strength training with high-intensity cardio. Give yourself at least 45 minutes, three times a week; this is a good way to incorporate strength training into your routine. Start gradually and incorporate this method into your regimen over time, as it can be tough on the body. A good example is eight repetitions of a weightlifting exercise, such as bicep curls followed by one minute of jumping rope. This is a great way to get a full body workout.

Safety tips for the beginner:

  1. Make sure to warm up before starting your intervals.
  2. Talk with a personal trainer who will set goals within your capabilities.
  3. Start slowly and build up your endurance.
  4. Keep a steady pace but make sure you challenge yourself throughout the entire interval.
  5. Bring your heart rate down to about 100 bpm during your rest interval.
  6. Finally, make changes slowly over a period of time.

For the advanced:

  1. Vary your intervals based on your goals.
  2. Adjust your intensity or speed of the work interval.
  3. Adjust the duration of the work interval.
  4. Adjust the duration of the recovery interval and increase your repetitions.

A simple reminder:

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recommends that healthy adults have at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity five days per week, or 20 minutes or more of vigorous activity three days per week. A combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity, such as HIIT, can help you meet these goals. Strength training should also be performed a minimum of two days each week.3

Gain access to nutritive support for your workouts with the Genesis PURE Sports (GPS) line of products.  For pre-exercise, try E2 sports drink formulated with antioxidant vitamin C, minerals and amino acids. Replenish vital fluids, electrolytes and nutrients with Hydration, and support your workout with Moomiyo Edge and Pro-Arginine. For post-exercise, try Recovery for muscle tissue maintenance.

Amy Kurtz BA, BS, CI-CPT, Certified Health Coach
Genesis PURE Wellness Education Specialist


  1. Gibala, MJ and McGee, SL. Metabolic adaptations to short-term high-intensity interval training: a little pain for a lot of gain? Exercise Sport Science Review 36, 58–63 (2008).
  2. Tremblay, A. & Jean-Aimé Simoneau, Claude Bouchard. Impact of exercise intensity on body fatness and skeletal muscle metabolism. Metabolism 43, 814–818 (1994).
  3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. How much physical activity do adults need. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/guidelines/adults.html (2014).
  4. Tabata, I. et al. Effects of moderate-intensity endurance and high-intensity intermittent training on anaerobic capacity and VO2max. Med Sci Sports Exerc 28, 1327–1330 (1996).
  5. Hood MS, Little JP, Tarnopolsky MA, Myslik F, Gibala MJ. Low-volume interval training improves muscle oxidative capacity in sedentary adults. Med Sci Sports Exerc 43, 1849–1856 (2011).

ENERGY and E2 – So What’s the Difference?

Even though both of these Genesis PURE™ products begin with E, there are some big differences between these two that are important to know.


This powder is an adrenal health blend containing herbs cited to increase vitality in traditional Chinese herbal texts. It is traditionally thought to have adaptogenic properties to help the body adapt to stress. ENERGY also has a broad spectrum of vitamins and minerals.


This powder has a broad spectrum of ingredients intended to help reduce free radicals and oxidation caused by exercise. These include Vitamin C, L-taurine, N-acetyl L-carnitine, Coenzyme Q10 and L-glutathione. Products intended to reduce free radicals and oxidation are commonly supplemented by many athletes.

E2 also contains a unique amino acid blend, including glutamine, tyrosine and leucine. Amino acids are important as they are the building blocks of protein and may prevent muscle breakdown during exercise.

We will break it down even more:


  • Provides B vitamins, chromium and amino acids
  • Excellent source of antioxidant vitamin C
  • Contains no artificial colors, flavors, preservatives or sweeteners – naturally sweetened with Stevia
  • Contains B vitamins and caffeine intended to nutritionally support metabolism
  • Contains natural sources of caffeine to support mental focus*


  • Contains ingredients that supports mental clarity*
  • May help improve focus*
  • May help minimize fatigue*
  • Contains herbs, vitamins, and minerals to help support overall health and well-being*
  • Contains no preservatives
  • Contains no sugars – naturally sweetened with Stevia

Despite the differences, both products share almost the same caffeine content – 100mg in E2 and 120 mg in ENERGY. For comparison, an 8 oz. cup of coffee has 1.5x more caffeine than ENERGY. A latte, however, has about ¾ the caffeine.

Caffeine is available in the blood stream within 10—20 minutes and peaks between 45-90 minutes. The half-life of caffeine is generally 3-5 hours. This means if you consume 200 mg of caffeine midday, you would still have 100 mg in your system around 4-5:00 p.m.; this will vary from person to person.

Both products contain vitamins and minerals as well as the carbohydrates glucose, fructose, and glucose polymers to help support performance of endurance exercise.

Love Yourself, Love Your Heart

HeartHealth_Bucky0216 Our very own Dr. John Buckner, Chair of the Genesis PURE Wellness Advisory Board (WAB), is here to share things you can do to live better and longer. It’s February. Winter draws on for some while others are getting a glimpse of spring. It is also Heart Awareness Month and we celebrate Valentine’s Day with a nod toward the romantic side of how we view the human heart.

Did you know that the heart begins beating at four weeks after conception and doesn’t stop until we die? It beats on average 100,000 times a day or 2.5 billion times in a lifetime.  It pumps about 2000 gallons of blood each day. The average daily energy output would be equivalent to a truck traveling 20 miles a day.  You don’t have to think about it, reboot it, plug it in or even be awake for the heart to do its thing.

The human heart is amazing and yet:

  • Heart disease remains the number one killer of Americans.
  • There will be 375,000 deaths from heart disease in the U.S. this year.
  • Heart disease accounts for one in seven deaths.
  • Heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined.
  • Heart disease strikes someone in the U.S. every 43 seconds and kills someone in the U.S. every 90 seconds.
  • Heart disease accounts for one-third of all deaths globally.

I see people in my office every day who believe heredity is to blame for heart disease. They say things like, “Well Doc, everyone in my family has died early of a heart attack so it’s just a matter of time before I have the “big one” and drop dead like them.”

I notice these people are obese, they never exercise, they have a 48-ounce soda in their hand and a cheeseburger in the other, they smoke a pack of cigarettes a day and, because of all of the aforementioned, they have high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol. Inherited? I don’t buy that for one minute and there is good evidence to back me up.

Now granted, there have been advances in the treatment of heart disease. There are new operations and new minimally invasive interventions involving stents, angioplasty, and new medications. But despite these advanced, heart disease still remains the number one killer. Why? These wonderful advances are just temporarily fixing the problems of abuse of an otherwise incredible machine — the human body.

Imagine you had a luxury vehicle, and you never had it serviced, never changed the oil, used the wrong gas, and never changed the tires. It would start breaking down. Even if you changed a component at a time but continued to ignore major services, it would only be a matter of time before those minor interventions failed and the car was back in the shop. The human body is no different. But, instead of breaking down in a few months or even a year or two, the human heart will run well for 40 or 50 years before it starts breaking down. That’s sad, as it should last longer, considering the things we can do to prevent heart disease.

Here is the good news!

The causes and factors that dramatically increase someone’s risk for developing heart disease are almost all within our control. The American Heart Association (AHA) gauges the heart health of the nation by seven factors. The factors to control heart disease are quite simple, and I want to identify them for you here.

  • Stop smoking
  • Be physically active
  • Embrace a healthy diet
  • Control body weight
  • Control blood sugar
  • Control blood pressure
  • Control cholesterol

While heredity and genetics are factors, they are minor, and there are lifestyle modifications we can make to improve our heart health dramatically.

  • Stop smoking. If you smoke, you have been warned that it will kill you via a heart attack, stroke or lung cancer.
  • Be physically active. Easy enough. You should exert yourself every day.  Take the stairs, park farther away, walk 10,000 steps a day (about 5 miles), or run or walk 5 miles if you would rather.  Bike, swim, lift weights, do Yoga or Zumba, anything to get your heart rate up. The AHA recommends we do 150 minutes of moderate activity every week, or 30 minutes/5 days a week.
  • Embrace a healthy diet. East a lot of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts, lean meats and fish (at least twice a week), and make sure to take in omega-3 fatty acids and vegetable proteins, cutting out beverages or foods with added sugar.
  • Control body weight, blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol. These are all related. Seventy percent of Americans are overweight and one third are obese. The incidence of Metabolic Syndrome, which is essentially all these, are directly related to being overweight as are many other health problems including cancer, stroke, and arthritis.

Let me get more specific.

We know that Omega-3 fatty acids are important. They can be found in foods such as nuts, flax seeds, chia seeds, and fish.

Electrolytes are critical and knowing that 97 percent of American diets are horribly deficient in potassium, I believe Genesis PURE’s Hydration product is important especially for those who work out.

Drinks and foods with little to no added sugar fall within the AHA guidelines for healthy foods and in fact just this last month a new study lead by Dr Yang from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) looked at 43,000 participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Those reporting consumption of more than 25% of their calories from added sugars had nearly double the risk for cardiovascular disease.

Supplements for heart health:

  • Fiber lowers weight and cholesterol
  • Coenzyme Q10 has been shown to lower blood pressure
  • Omega-3 fatty acids lower triglycerides
  • Green tea extract has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Vitamin C, D, and B-12 all may play some role in protecting against heart or vascular disease.
  • There are studies that indicate pomegranate juice may have protective effects on hardening of the arteries, and there is evidence from laboratory studies that the juice may protect some arteries from stress injuries.

As we celebrate Heart Awareness Month, please be aware that the best gift you can give to those you love is the gift of a healthy heart. Be the perfect example of how to live and eat so those you care about will be around for many years to Love.

Happy Valentines Day!!

Dr. John W. Buckner, M.D. (“Bucky”) is Chair of the Genesis PURE Wellness Advisory Board. He graduated from the University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Medicine in 1985. He practices medicine in Springfield, MO and specializes in Surgery. Dr. Buckner is affiliated with Citizens Memorial Hospital District, Select Specialty Hospital and Lester E Cox Medical Center. Dr. Buckner is proud to be part of the Genesis PURE family. He is appreciative of the purity with which the products are made and the passion with which they are distributed. Meet the entire WAB team at http://www.genesispure.com/science-education.


No gym required

HomeGym_0216-1 Sometimes, it just doesn’t make sense to go to the gym. (At least that’s what we tell ourselves.) Here are things to remember when setting up a home workout space.

If you can work out at home, you’ll save time and money, and you gain things like flexibility, privacy, a cleaner environment, and often, greater consistency in your workouts (no excuses). In fact, fitness experts say that we’ve been moving away from the gigantic, heavy, complicated, expensive machines that allow you to do eight different exercises, and we’re trending toward more streamlined, custom designed, and flexible workout spaces within our homes.

When setting up your home exercise area, there are some general guidelines to keep in mind, such as:

  • Decide what kind of workout you want to do; cardio, resistance training, functional training, yoga, or a combination of all of the above
  • Be sure to allow enough space to comfortably exercise
  • Find a room that offers the privacy you need
  • Choose a space that’s away from major distractions
  • Make sure there’s ample ventilation

Finally, the most important part, make the space your own:

  • Add music to help block out ambient noise
  • Incorporate a full-length mirror to help you monitor your form and technique
  • Include a fan for air movement – quiet enough that it doesn’t interrupt a video
  • Consider exercise flooring, such as interlocking rubber squares, or an exercise mat
  • Add a clock
  • Consider paint; oranges and reds are motivators, blue helps with focus
  • A TV is a must for exercise DVDs
  • Good lighting is also important

Here is a sample workout. You can do this three to four times through, with 12 to 15 repetitions for each exercise. Start with jumping jacks. If you have exercise bands, do some rows. Next, get your dumbbells and do some curls. With those same dumbbells, and your own body weight, do some squats. And, finally, do a two-minute cardio burst on the treadmill, bike, elliptical trainer or other home cardio device. A small trampoline is great for getting your heart rate up, too. Be creative with this by adding your own favorite exercises.

How do you work out at home? We want to know!










Set an example of your best self. Stay motivated.